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For all the sound innovations its an album steeped in the past with nothing new to say.
on 11 November 2011
Under the guise of Oneohtrix Point Never, Daniel Lopatin's new album 'Replica' is an about-turn from his recent releases. 'Replica' is comprised of samples from '80s television ads which have been mutated <!--more-->sometimes beyond recognition, woven into complex patterns over 10 tracks. Ironically, 'Replica' actually sounds like the most accessible album from Oneohtrix Point Never to date.
'Replica' is a nervy affair at times but always interesting, fabulously brushed over with Oneohtrix's trademark vintage synth washes, as well as some piano. Lopatins constant change of direction within most tracks helps to keep your interest, but it is also due to Lopatins skilful understanding of sampling, dynamics and melody. This is exemplified by the best track on the album, `Child Soldier'. Initially erratic samples of video games and various vocal snippets graduate into lush synths and strings, a track that really shouldn't have worked at all but does superbly.
I've always had a bit of a problem with Oneohtrix Point Never, the albums are usually good but theres always a nagging feeling that someone else has done it already and better. As inventive and beautifully crafted as 'Replica' is, it often sounds like Brian Eno and David Byrne's seminal 'My life in the bush of ghosts' remixed by Boards of Canada. Memory plays a big part in Oneohtrix's work and 'Replica' is inherently obsessed with the past, but for all the sound innovations its an album steeped in the past with nothing new to say.